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Giuliana Gazzola passed away peacefully on June 19, 2022. She was in her 84th year. Dedicated daughter, loving sister, generous friend and cousin, beloved Zia and world traveller, Giuliana had a profound and positive impact on all who knew and loved her. She passed away at home surrounded by family and close friends.

Giuliana will be deeply missed by her sisters Valeria (Valeriano Porcellato) and Luciana (Armando
Maggiotto), and her nine nieces and nephews whom she showered with unconditional love and kindness throughout her life. As an active member of her community and the founder of the Gruppo Donne Trevisane, Giuliana will also be fondly remembered by her many friends and neighbours. She was predeceased by her sister and best friend Imelda (Francesco Porcellato) and her parents, Carolina and Benedetto.

Giuliana was born in Loria (Treviso, Veneto) in 1938, just before World War II. The family immigrated to Canada in 1950 and made their home in Guelph, Ontario. Despite being a strong student, Giuliana left school prematurely to help support her family during their early years in Canada. Thanks to her fluent Italian and personable disposition, she eventually earned a position as a travel agent in downtown Guelph in the early 1960s. Through her work, Giuliana had the opportunity to explore the world- visiting countless countries and making friends wherever she went. Giuliana also maintained a strong connection with her Italian heritage, leading tours to Italy and inspiring in others a deep appreciation for its culture and beauty.
A compassionate and dutiful daughter, Giuliana always made time for her family and was the primary caregiver for her parents as they aged. She was also an enduring and loving presence in the lives of her nieces and nephews, always remembering birthdays, celebrating milestones, and bringing home the most thoughtful presents from her trips. Of the many gifts Giuliana gave over the years, the greatest of these were the ones without price tags. From her we were constantly reminded that the world is our oyster and that we should explore it. We were taught to enjoy the simple pleasures in life like a good book, great music, a fine glass of wine and a beautiful sunset. We were shown that it is never a bad idea to look good but that, most of all, generosity and kindness never go out of style. We were reminded that life, despite its heartbreaks, hardships and complications, truly is beautiful.

Giuliana passed away after a courageous decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The family is exceptionally grateful for unparalleled compassion and care she was shown by her caregivers, first and foremost, Elanie Borbon.

In Giuliana’s words, it is not goodbye but arrivederci, until we meet again.

Resting at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph, where the family will receive their family and friends on Friday, June 24 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m, and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John’s Church., 45 Victoria Rd., N., Guelph on Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Marymount Cemetery, Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Doctors Without Borders and the Canadian Central American Relief Effort (dedicated to improving the lives of the indigenous people of Guatemala) would be greatly appreciated by the family. Please visit gilbertmacintyreandson.com for links to the above charities on Giuliana's obituary page. Donation cards are available at the funeral home (519-822-4731).